Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources

Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit organization.
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P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631


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“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
~Aldo Leopold, 1948. A Sand County Almanac.

Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network (SRWN)

It is the mission of SRWN to assemble a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserve the environment while maintaining the health and economic vitality of rural communities.

This loose knit coalition of citizen, farm, environmental, and health organizations works statewide on issues of monitoring around CAFOs and addressing concerns of rural communities. There are presently 202 CAFOs in Wisconsin. (55 Jennie-O Turkey CAFOs have one permit!). Many more are in process in our state as our state policy includes promoting CAFOs as a way to grow agriculture in the state. SRWN maintains that family farms of a size that the land can sustain are what we need in our state.

SRWN addresses the Livestock Siting Law Issues, including the need for local control to protect the interests of local citizens by assuring that no CAFOs which would adversely impact the environment, health and economic viability of citizens are located in the county; and that regulations of state and federal environmental laws fro these facilities are enforced by appropriate agencies.

SRWN created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) proposal with the DNR in response to the DNR MOU with the Dairy Business Association (DBA), a CAFO promotional organization. The MOU is meant to ensure that CAFOs are held accountable to the law and do not violate the rights of Wisconsin citizens. The MOU also reaffirms the DNR's mission and role as protector of Wisconsin's natural resources, serving the Citizens of Wisconsin, not the corporate livestock facilities it regulates or their lobby organization, the Dairy Business Association.

February 13, 2012
"SRWN requests an informal meeting with DNR representatives for the purpose of discussing thebenefits to both the agency as well as citizens by broadening information displayed on the CAFO permittee data web page ( We believe increased transparency will reduce frivolous citizen complaints - which should be welcomed by the industry. In addition, staff time saved from filling multiple open-records requests will bewelcomed by taxpayers."
Stepp Letter to WI DNR

December 14, 2011
Report on first annual Forum on Rural and Urban Agriculture on November held in Madison on November 11 and 12

March 3, 2011
Over 100 people gathered in Viroqua at a Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network (SRWN)-organized rally unifying a number of groups concerned about the governor’s budget bills and other actions that impact rural Wisconsin. Read the report...

December 8, 2010
SRWN letter to DATCP - Request to consider initiating 4 actions

October 27, 2010
SRWN letter to DATCP - Creation of policy committee

June 25, 2010
Wisconsin Department of Justice anti-trust workshop on June 25 in Madison and report of April 12, 2010 workshop in Iowa

May 12, 2010
SRWN letter to DATCP

April 22, 2010
On Earth Day, Coalition Proposes Citizens' Agreement on Factory Farm Regulation

April 22, 2010
Citizens Memorandum of Understanding

April 22, 2010
Citizens Memorandum Confronts Wisconsin’s Factory Farm Industry, article by Steve Furay in Common Breath

April 22, 2010
SRWN Letter to Secretary Matt Frank of the DNR re: Citizens MOU